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Royal Concergebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA OF AMSTERDAM Of all the exceptional symphonic ensembles in the world, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is most like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in history and sound. Both were formed during the late-19th-century industrial boom by proud burghers eager to promote high culture in their provincial towns. Both benefited from the long-term tenure […]

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Rhino in Winter

Rhino in Winter Offered as an adjunct to the annual summer Rhinoceros Theater Festival, this showcase of fringe entertainment features mostly new work by the Curious Theatre Branch, Theater for the Age of Gold, and other ensembles and individuals. The fest runs through March 15 at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln; for reservations and […]

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Ron Blake

RON BLAKE There’s no question he’s got talent, but the career of saxist Ron Blake reminds us that a little luck never hurts, either. When Blake left Chicago in the early 90s, he had already made significant strides toward becoming a fluent and effective improviser. He moved to Florida, then to New York, where trumpeter […]

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In Store; freaking on found footage

A resale shop near the corner of Damen and Montrose, Chris and Heather’s Record Roundup and Collectibles bears more than a passing resemblance to the museumlike apartment of its owners, cartoonist and filmmaker Heather McAdams and her husband, musician Chris Ligon. McAdams readily owns up to it: “Maybe an hour before, that thing you’re looking […]

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When the Spirit Moves

Ruth Page Dance Series Especially Tap Chicago, the Moose Project, Same Planet Different World, and Tango 21 at Northeastern Illinois University, January 30 and 31 By Laura Molzahn Watching a program of ballet, modern, tap, and tango on the first of three weekends in the Ruth Page Dance Series, I couldn’t help but remark that […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I’m an honest, good-natured, down-to-earth, 25-year-old Cancer. A year ago I started my first job as a high school teacher. Now I know teachers are supposed to be role models and I know that student-teacher romances are just plain WRONG no matter what, so I braced myself not to fall for any girls. […]

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Momus

MOMUS Rock history is rife with guitar smashers, hotel-room trashers, and potty mouths trotting out taboos for shock value, but Scottish-born Nick Currie, aka Momus, takes the role of enfant terrible to a creepy extreme. While chart-topping British pop groups from the Pet Shop Boys to Pulp have backed subversive lyrics with sunny melodies, nobody’s […]

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Small Time

Small Time Shane Meadows wrote and directed this sparkling hour-long 1996 feature about petty thieves in Nottingham and the women who love them. Jumbo (Meadows) wants his girlfriend to have sex with him on demand but to make herself scarce when he’s with his friends, whether or not they’re committing crimes. Malc (Mat Hand) must […]

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Spot Check

LAST POETS Museum of contemporary art, 2/13 & 14 The MCA’s Hip Hop Life series and the Guild Complex’s Musicality of Poetry festival make natural copresenters, and the Last Poets are a particularly inspired presentation. In the late 1960s, the collective took the literary renaissance that accompanied the black power movement and broadcast it over […]

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Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise

CORNELIUS CARDEW’S TREATISE The search for alternative ways of putting music to paper has taken composers down many different paths in the last half century, and among the most heavily trod is graphic notation. Geometric designs, colored patterns, and stimulating visual signals meant to represent or elicit particular sounds or techniques are now standard tricks […]

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The Hunt for Monk

Leslie Gourse Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonious Monk (Schirmer Books) Thomas Fitterling Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music (Berkeley Hills Books) Laurent de Wilde Monk (Marlowe & Company) Chris Raschka Mysterious Thelonious (Orchard Books) Thelonious Monk The Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note) By Tim Sheridan In a moment captured in […]

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Suitehearts

SUITEHEARTS, Drury Lane Theatre Evergreen Park. The premise alone should be a warning: two couples–one painfully shy, the other loud and pushy–are given the same honeymoon suite, with no hope of moving to a different room. Maybe–maybe–a good writer could spin this setup into a half-hour episode of Three’s Company. But William Van Zandt and […]